Executive Privilege: Definition & Examples


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Where can executive privilege be found in the Constitution of the United States?

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1. In what famous scandal was the executive privilege invoked by the President?

2. Executive privilege can be invoked by the president or certain other members of the executive branch to keep information confidential from the public, _____ and the courts.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo tests you on historical examples of the use of executive privilege. You will specifically be tested on the constitutionality of executive privilege and how it has been interpreted by the Supreme Court.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Supreme Court case that acknowledged executive privilege while limiting its scope
  • How executive privilege keeps information from being disclosed to certain groups
  • Examples of the use of executive privilege
  • Constitutional precedent for executive privilege

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American government lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding implied presidential power and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of presidents using executive privilege

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Executive Privilege: Definition & Examples. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define executive privilege
  • Identify examples of presidents invoking executive privilege
  • Evaluate the constitutionality of times when presidents have used executive privilege